ASHE Awards


Award nominations will open on May 1, 2019.


ASHE awards are intended to recognize exemplary achievements and contributions to the study of higher education through research, leadership, or service to ASHE and the field of higher education. The ASHE membership plays an essential role in identifying persons who should be honored by the Association, so please give each award your thoughtful consideration. It is not necessary to present every award every year, but there are undoubtedly individuals deserving of recognition in each of the following categories:

Howard Bowen Distinguished Career Award 
Presented to an individual whose professional life has been devoted in substantial part to the study of higher education and whose career has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service. The award is usually presented at, or near, the time of the individual's retirement.

Research Achievement Award 
Presented for outstanding contribution to research to an individual whose published work (theoretical, empirical or applied) advances understanding of higher education in a significant way. The Research Achievement Award may acknowledge a body of research or a single piece of meritorious research.

Promising Scholar/Early Career Award 
Given for a significant body of scholarship or a single extraordinary research achievement by a higher education scholar, and in recognition of potential for future research. This award may also call attention to significant work in progress that has won praise from senior colleagues and support from foundations or government agencies. The Early Career Award is reserved for individuals who are no more than six years beyond the receipt of the doctoral degree.

Leadership Award 
Given for outstanding leadership in advancing the study of higher education. This award is intended to recognize individuals who bring visibility and support to the field of higher education by demonstrating the contributions of the study of higher education to policy formation, or in gaining substantial resources for research and training in higher education.

ASHE Distinguished Service Award 
Presented in recognition of exceptional commitment to the Association for the Study of Higher Education and significant contribution to its success.

Special Merit Award 
Presented to a person, group or organization in recognition of distinctive support for the purposes and goals of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. This award may be presented to an influential academic leader or a scholar outside the field of higher education who has offered a valuable perspective for studying and understanding colleges and universities.

Mentoring Award 
Honors the noteworthy contributions made by one of our members in mentoring developing scholars in the Association. Recipients of the award will have made extraordinary and sustained contributions to the professional and scholarly development of emerging scholars in ASHE and in the field of higher education. We seek nominations for productive scholars with a tireless dedication in pursing the best interests for the future of ASHE. 

Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award 
Named in memory of Irvin Lee (Bobby) Wright, this award recognizes one or more dissertations that serve as exemplary models of the methodology employed.

Council for Ethnic Participation (CEP) Founder’s Service Award 
This service award recognizes two members of the CEP community for their service over the years.

Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship 
The purpose of the García Award for Exemplary Scholarship is to recognize one junior, nontenured scholar-practitioner (e.g., visiting assistant professor, clinical assistant professor, or tenure-track faculty) and one senior practitioner-scholar (i.e., tenured associate or full professor, senior/executive administrator) for seminal, exemplary scholarship that focuses on research and issues specifically related to underrepresented populations of color.

Council for Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) Excellence in Public Policy in Higher Education Award 
This award is intended to recognize excellence in work at the nexus of academic scholarship and policy practice in the field of public policy and higher education. 

Council for International Higher Education (CIHE) Award for Significant Research on International Higher Education

The purpose of the CIHE Research Award is to recognize a highly significant research outcome in the field of international higher education. Unlike a lifetime achievement award, or an award that focuses on a particular form of research (e.g., a dissertation award), the CIHE Research Award is focused on state-of-the-art knowledge and scholarship, whether it is manifested in a journal article, book, edited volume, research initiative, or other top quality contribution wich significantly changed the existing thinking on a topic in the field.

Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP) Barbara Townsend Lecture
Barbara Townsend served as the ASHE Executive Director and on many other committees, to improve the study of higher education for her higher education colleagues. Barbara was particularly well known for her research on community colleges, feminist studies, doctoral education, and higher education programs. In 1995, Barbara, Les Goodchild, and Bob Hendrickson co-founded the Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP). CAHEP and the larger ASHE community wanted to recall her spirit and enthusiasm for higher education programs annually with a lecture series in her honor. 

2018 ASHE Award Winners

Howard R. Bowen
Distinguished Career Award: 

William G. Tierney
University of Southern California

Research Achievement Award: 

Ann E. Austin
Michigan State University 

Promising Scholar/Early
Career Award: 

Eddie R. Cole
College of William & Mary 

Leadership Award:

Estela Mara Bensimon
University of Southern California 

Distinguished Service Award:

Kim Nehls
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mentoring Award: 

James Earl Davis
Temple University

Bobby Wright
Dissertation of the Year Award: 

Anne Gardiner Perkins
University of Massachusetts Boston

ASHE Presidential Medal

Mary Howard-Hamilton
Indiana State University 

ASHE Book Award

Heather Rowan-Kenyon,
Ana M. Martinez Aleman, and
Mandy Savitz-Romer

CAHEP Barbara Townsend Lecture:

Jaime Lester
George Mason University 

CPPHE Excellence in
Public Policy in
Higher Education Award

Nick Hillman
University of Wisconsin,
Hispanic Association of
Colleges and Universities

CEP Mildred Gárcia Award for
Exemplary Scholarship

Jerlando F L Jackson
Gina A. Garcia

CEP Founders' Service Award

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

CIHE Significant Research on
International Higher Ed

Amy Metcalfe
University of British Columbia